Next two Summer Olympic Locations Selected

Jack Smith, News Editor

It will be almost thirty years since the last Summer Olympic Games have been held on United States soil. The International Olympic Committee has selected the 2024 and the 2028 Summer Olympic Games location. The 2024 Olympic games will be held in Paris, France and the 2028 Olympic games will be held in Los Angeles, California. This is the first time ever that the last two remaining candidate cities will both get Olympic games. After a long and hard thought out decision the International Olympic Committee saw that both cities were worthy of an Olympic Games and seized the opportunity of having the next 11 years of locations for Olympic games decided. This gives the cities time to plan and make the games as great as possible.

“Congratulations to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028! This historic double allocation is a ‘win-win-win’ situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC,” said the IOC President, Thomas Bach.

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo responded to the announcement with nothing other than joy.

“Today I am delighted to invite you to join the great family of Parisians, a family which belongs to the world,” said the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. “With this team, I am very proud and moved to bring the Games back to Paris. At the heart of these Games, we will place young people, who represent our present, our hope and our pride.”

Both of these host cities are excited to have the opportunity of hosting the longest run games dating back to Ancient Greece. It is a great honor to be chosen. It is also a very long and hard process. It takes years sometimes. The journey for Los Angeles started in 2014. At first, it was thrown out by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) due to Boston being chosen as the top pick. After realizing it would be nearly impossible, due to the expense to host the games in Boston, Los Angeles was then chosen to be the number one pick for the United States.

Since Los Angeles took a deal to take the 2028 games instead of the 2024, the International Olympic Committee is helping the city out tremendously. They are willing to give the city of Los Angeles $1.8 billion dollars. Yes, that is correct. That sounds like an absurd amount of money, but it will go towards new railways, youth sports organizations, an improved airport, as well as many other good causes.

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, said “LA is a city where the Games are not a barrier to making progress; we know that they are an accelerating force to re-envisioning a better city and a better world in the days ahead as we welcome you back to the City of Angels.”

There was push back from the community, however, but the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to pass the bid for the Olympics. Some push back may be because of the increase of scrutiny on cities that are required to fix things before the games happen. In most recent memory, one of these cases was Brazil. Rio had to clean meet certain standards, and amid an economic crisis, they were not able to. This caused some athletes and countries a great deal of trouble. Los Angeles has plenty of time to figure everything out, but this may have been a reason for some as to why they would not want to host the games.

Both the United States and France are excited to host the Olympics in their countries. Both have their own reasons, but it will put both of them in the spotlight and it will showcase the talent and pose of both nations. It has been a long time for both nations since the last Olympics were held in their countries. It is their time again and it show be interesting to see both grow and learn from these incredible experiences.

 

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